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Top Restaurants Near Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Located in the Westchester neighborhood of West LA, Loyola Marymount University sits atop the Del Rey Hills bluffs just three miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The area is filled with lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with sit down restaurants. Whether you are leaving LAX and looking to stop for a bite on the way into the city or visiting the area, below find some of the top eateries to try near LMU.
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Humble Potato
8321 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(323) 989-2242

Humble Potato is a neighborhood eatery, serving American comfort food with Japanese flavor twists. They serve homemade burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, salads and rice plates entrees to go along with their favorite French fries, all with an influenced of Japanese cooking and ingredients. Their best seller is their Battle Royale burger, which comes with works and topped with a fried egg with shichimi togarashi pepper and HP Spicy Sauce.

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SOL Mexican Cocina
12775 Millennium Dr #160
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(424) 289-0066

Located in The Runway, SOL Mexican Cocina Playa Vista features a full indoor-outdoor bar, fire pit patio seating and a view overlooking the park and bluffs. Offering a creative take on traditional Baja Mexican cuisine, the kitchen and menu is designed around a wood-fired grill and a fresh seafood display. Popular dishes include the: Hot & Raw Ceviche, Specialty Tacos and Guacamole SOL while their margaritas like the Jalapeno are a must order. Head over for daily happy hour, taco Tuesday and/or weekend brunch and enjoy their breezy, open bar patio and cocktail area.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
12746 W Jefferson Blvd #1120
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(310) 410-2337

The Austin-born burger + beer joint is located less than two miles from LMU at the Runway at Playa Vista. Hopdoddy grinds its meats in-house daily and offers a wide variety of the freshest, all-natural proteins, alongside hand-cut Kennebec fries, farm fresh salads, and handcrafted milkshakes. Stop by for an array of local craft beers on tap, can and bottle, as well as a full bar featuring regional spirits, house-made liqueurs and freshly squeezed juices. One of their most popular burgers is the Goodnight/Good Cause Burger while a secret menu item offered is the Poutine Burger. $1 of each Goodnight/Good Cause Burger sale is donated to the Surfrider Foundation's West LA/Malibu chapter.

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Stacy's Cookie Lounge
12665 Village Lane
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(310) 651-0834

Stacy's Cookie Lounge is a small home bakery baking organic cookies, cakes and cupcakes for delivery or pick up. They bake traditional, gluten free and vegan treats while also creating custom hand decorated sugar cookies for any event. Currently their specialty item is their organic, gluten free and vegan carrot cake cookie sandwich with a lemon buttercream filling.

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Ayara Thai
6245 W 87th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 410-8848

Ayara Thai Cuisine celebrates the tradition of crafting home-cooked Thai food for those dining out. Since Ayara Thai opened in August 2004, head chef Anna has used home-grown herbs in the restaurant's dishes. With family recipes and cooking styles passed down through generations, the Asapahu family of Ayara Thai is pleased to offer a taste of authentic Thai food. Using the freshest ingredients, each dish, like the popular Tom Yum Noodle Soup, is prepared from scratch and enhanced individually by herbs and spices to ensure the boldest, most genuine flavors.

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Urban Plates
12746 W Jefferson Blvd #3140
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(424) 256-7274

This contemporary restaurant offers a chef-driven menu to follow and reflect the seasons. Every menu item is prepared daily on site, from their entrée salads, hand-carved sandwiches, hot and chilled sides to soups and braises, as well as natural juice Replenishers, regional wines and craft beers, and decadent desserts. With the restaurant's line-style layout, guests interact with chefs behind the line who prepare plates while answering questions about ingredients and sources. The most popular dish on the menu is a toss-up between the Chicken Cobb Salad and the Grass Fed Steak.

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KC's Crêpes Café
8320 Lincoln Blvd #101B
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 348-9697

Situated near LMU, this Japanese-style creperie and boba spot usess fresh ingredients delivered to the restaurant tri-weekly. Making each batch once or twice a day, most of their creams and pastry items including: crépe batter, béchamel sauce, whipped cream, custard and kiwi jams are all homemade. Try an azuki double cream crepe or the caramel crunch, and pair it with one of KC Café's numerous tea options. Bring cash as credit cards are not accepted.

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Alejo's Presto Trattoria Italian Restaurant
8343 Lincoln Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045
(310) 670-6677

Serving up massive portions of Italain food, Alejo's Presto Trattoria Italian Restaurant is named for its founder and original chef, Alejo Castro. Run by his wife Claudia and her family, the restaurant has preserved Aljeo's recipes and kept alive his dream of a welcoming atmosphere. Featuring everything from salads, pasta, pizza, calzones, main entrees and daily specials, start your meals with hot rolls, then make select a hearty plate of pasta or a pizza with a generous portion of cheese.

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8325 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 338-7223

Kanpai serves authentic Japanese sushi and grill dishes with over 40 varieties of Sake selections. Head over for their Early Bird Special, 11:30am-6:45pm, four choices for a pre-selected dinner course menu, or for their Late Night Bird Special from 11pm-1am. The expansive menu has options perfect for all budgets. From appetizer at the sushi bar, to sashimi specials, specialty rolls and more, Kanpai offers all types of fish for those discerning sushi lovers. Try their specialty LMU Roll or Truffle Bluefin Tuna Carpaccio.

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh.
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